With the 2020 RX, Lexus has addressed some of our long-standing complaints about its formerly dreadful infotainment system. We can’t call the pricey SUV a strong value, but its standard and optional features lift it to a score of 7 here.
For 2020, a touchscreen and touchpad replace the former mouse-like infotainment controller; Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Alexa compatibility join the RX family as well, and the USB port count is up to six. Synthetic leather now comes standard on most versions. The F Sport model gets an optional performance package with retuned steering, a sport-tuned suspension, a sunroof, a gesture-controlled power tailgate, and a heated steering wheel.
All RX 350 models come with power features, LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, power front seats, and an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. The base price of $45,175 also includes a stock infotainment system with nine speakers, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and new this year, Alexa/Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility.
Add on the Premium package and the RX gains roof rails, wood trim, and real leather; the Luxury package tops off the RX 350 with upgraded leather, heated and cooled front seats, and 20-inch wheels. Lexus will increase the center screen to a high-definition 12.3-inch unit, and fit a widescreen rear entertainment system with the ability to play two videos side by side.
The $47,775 RX 450h—our choice in the lineup—sports features equal to those on the RX 350 Premium; its options include heated and cooled seats, a panoramic roof, blind-spot monitors, and navigation.
Other RX options include a head-up display and an 835-watt Mark Levinson audio system. The most expensive $51,485 RX 450hL can be optioned up to more than $60,000.
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